Real People versus Characters

For those of you wondering if any of my characters are based on real people, I know, they are not. If I knew these people in real life, I’d have no reason to invent them in my head.

I do steal first or last names as I like. Sometimes the name is important, especially in major characters. But often, especially in minor characters, it’s just a name that feels right and easy to remember.

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.

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